Sermons on The Church

Sermons on The Church

Rev Steve Haskett

Rev Steve Haskett, vicar from St John’s Church in Blackpool, joins us this morning and shares some thoughts on the theme we have been exploring recently on new wineskins for new wine and being fit for purpose for the new outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit #7 – Gifts of the Holy Spirit

This sermon focuses mainly on 1 Corinthians 12 and examines the list of gifts, the context for their inclusion and a challenge to believers to accept their own responsibility to seek the gifts so that they can fulfil their role in the Body of Christ.

Maintaining Unity

This sermon addresses one of the most important things that is on God’s heart – namely maintaining unity in the Body of Christ. It was a constant issue that was addressed with Christians in New Testament times and remains just as important today. This looks at attitudes necessary for maintaining the unity that Christ has won on the cross and lists a few practical tips for interacting with fellow Christians both in real life and on social media.

Partnership #3 – Church as a Building

In this 3rd and final part of the series on Partnership we see how church is described as a building in 1 Peter 2:4-7, 1 Cor 3:10-16 and Ephesians 2:14-22 . We particularly look at the organisation and structure of church – with Jesus as the chief cornerstone, the ministry of the five-fold ministry, local leadership and how all Christians, as living stones, have their part to play.

Partnership #2 – Behaving and Belonging

This sermon addresses two issues. A core belief we have as a church is that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. However, it is also clear that salvation leads to a changed lifestyle. This sermon examines what this new lifestyle looks like and the sort of behaviour that is associated with being a disciple of Jesus. Then it looks at how the early Christians met together and the types of things they did – we want to…

Partnership #1 – Connected as Believers

This is the first in a 3 part series on ‘Partnership’. Previously this was referred to as ‘Membership’. This series looks at what is involved in making Partnership meaningful. This sermon looks at how the New Testament describes the church as a body and a building and what this means in terms of Christians’ relationships with one another and their commitment to one another. It then goes on to show that one distinguishing mark of Christians together in a fellowship…